TURKEY UNDER ISLAMIST CONTROL EXPELS ISRAELI AMBASSADOR
By Donna Garner- Photos By Alice Linahan
While the United States has had its attention focused on Libya and Egypt, Turkey has slipped right into the hands of the Islamists under the influence of the Gulenists. Under the two articles posted below, I have put the article that I wrote on 8.1.11 entitled “Gulen-Led Coup — Turkey Falls to Islamists.” Today’s decision by Turkey to expel the Israeli ambassador was an orchestrated event to move Turkey, now under Islam leadership and Sharia law, into an anti-American, anti-Israeli position.
Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara and suspended all military ties with its one-time ally on Friday, following the findings of a leaked UN report which concluded that Israel had used “excessive” force in a raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza last year.
Although the report has not yet been officially released, Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul said his country would reject it, regarding it as “null and void”.
The report says that the Israeli special forces “faced significant, organized, and violent resistance from a group of passengers”, but that “most of the deceased were shot multiple times, including in the back, or at close range.”
It added that the flotilla “acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade”, but called on Israel to make an “appropriate statement of regret” and pay compensation to the families of the dead.
The Israeli government says it will not apologise, though it has indicated that it would accept most of the report’s conclusions “with specific reservations”, while emphasising that the text noted its legal right to blockade Gaza.
But Turkey’s foreign minister said today Tthat Ankara plans to challenge the Gaza blockade at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the highest court of the United Nations.
Turkey recalled its own ambassador from Tel Aviv in the immediate aftermath of the Israeli assault on the Mavi Marmara boat, during which eight Turkish citizens, and one American of Turkish descent died.
Turkey has repeatedly said it will not restore normal relations with Israel unless Israel apologises and compensates victims.
Turkey was one of Israel’s rare allies in the Muslim world, but relations have deteriorated under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has been Prime Minister since 2002.
A United Nations report on Israel’s attack last year on a Gaza-bound aid ship should have been a chance to ease fraught relations between Israel and Turkey. Instead, both sides dug in their heels.
The United Nations has long pummeled Israel, and Israeli leaders initially resisted an independent investigation into the raid that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American. The report issued Friday seemed evenhanded. It said that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is legal and that Israeli commandos boarding the vessel had to defend themselves against “organized and violent resistance.” But it said that the force used by the Israelis was “excessive and unreasonable.” Most of those killed were shot multiple times.
The flotilla, which sailed from a Turkish port with the acquiescence of the Turkish government, was faulted for acting “recklessly” in running the blockade. The report also said that “more could have been done” by Turkey to persuade organizers to avoid a clash with Israeli forces.
Turkey rejected the findings, expelled Israel’s ambassador and announced that it was freezing military ties until Israel apologized for the deaths and compensated the victims’ families. It has also been demanding that Israel end the blockade and that the United Nations shelve the report.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned that Ankara “will take every precaution it deems necessary” to protect its shipping in the eastern Mediterranean. He didn’t explain, but it is irresponsible to even hint that Turkey, a NATO ally, might look for opportunities to confront Israel militarily.
Israel accepted the findings by the United Nations and said that it hoped to mend ties with Turkey, but it reiterated that it would not apologize. Two weeks ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to apologize to Turkey. American officials are going to have to keep trying with both sides.
We don’t blame Israel for wondering if Turkey is keeping this conflict going to burnish its standing in the Arab world. Turkey is risking a lot, including billions in trade with Israel and its reputation as a responsible international player. Israel certainly doesn’t need to be any more isolated than it is.
Israel should apologize for the deaths. And Turkey should stop upping the ante.
A version of this editorial appeared in print on September 3, 2011, on page A20 of the New York edition with the headline: Turkey, Israel and the Flotilla: Both sides need to cool things down before it gets any worse.
By Donna Garner and Alice Linahan
Turkey has been friendly toward the United States for many years, and one of our largest bases is in Incirlik, Turkey. This base is essential to our operations in the Middle East.
These four commanders were in charge of the Turkish air, navy, and land forces. Erdogan’s own choice for commander has now been put in charge of the Turkish military.
DISCREDITING MILITARY COMMANDERS
During the two years leading up to last Thursday, Erdogan and his AKP party have put over 400 people on trial in hearings dominated by Erdogan-appointed judges, including 250 military personnel (almost 10% of their military senior commanders).
More than 58 journalists have been detained without due process for speaking out about the Erdogan government.
On 7.25.11, The Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to the Turkish Minister of Justice protesting the detainments. The letter specifically objected to the seizure by the Turkish police of a draft of Ahmet Şık’s unpublished book, The Imam’s Army, that details the influence of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen on the Turkish state.
Turkish citizens believe the charges are trumped up in order to discredit those who believe in keeping Turkey a secularist (pro-American/pro-Israeli/pro-European) state.
TURKISH PRIME MINISTER ERDOGAN A FOLLOWER OF FETHULLAH GULEN
Erdogan is a follower of Fethullah Gulen. Since Erdogan took over as Prime Minister in 2002, Gulen/Erdogan/AKP have allegedly orchestrated two trumped up plots called “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer.”
FIRST REASON WHY AMERICA SHOULD BE WORRIED
The first reason that we Americans should be concerned about the Islamist coup in Turkey is that Turkey is a member of NATO; and on March 28, 2011, our own President, pro-Muslim Obama, placed our coalition military operations in Libya under NATO control.
This means that our U. S. military personnel fighting under the NATO flag are partially controlled by Turkey which has now turned against America and Israel and is well on its way to becoming an Islamic state. Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO.
SECOND REASON WHY AMERICA SHOULD BE WORRIED
Our second reason for concern is that Fethullah Gulen lives in Pennsylvania, runs his $25 billion international network from there, and is tied to hundreds of Gulen charter schools right here in the United States. (Texas alone has 36 of these Gulen charter schools.)
Gulen plans to take America over in almost exactly the same way that he has taken Turkey over — through the indoctrination of our school children; and ironically, we taxpayers are paying for his Gulen charter schools.
FETHULLAH GULEN BEHIND ENROGAN
Who is behind Turkish Prime Minister Enrogan and the AKP? Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist imam who is considered by many to be the “most dangerous man in the world.”
As Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist now under arrest, was being dragged away to jail by the Turkish security forces, he yelled, “Whoever touches the Gulen movement gets burned!”
Turkey’s ruling party is the AKP led by Prime Minister Erdogan. He is a Muslim, believes in Sharia law, and is a follower of Fethullah Gulen.
Erdogan was elected in 2003 and was recently re-elected in June 2011 because working in clandestine operations with the Gulenists, he has been able to control and coerce the Turkish masses through fear.
Two of the basic tenets that Fethullah Gulen uses to indoctrinate his followers at an early age are (1) “taquiya” which is an Islam belief that permits them to lie to “infidels” (i.e., anyone who is not a Muslim), and (2) total secrecy — a belief that if a person never shares a secret, then he never has to worry about his secrets becoming known. In fact, secrecy is an obsession for Gulenists. In Pearls of Wisdom, Gulen explains, “The secret is your slave but you become its slave if you disclose it.”
Dr. Aland Mizell, a leading Gulenist researcher, stated:
What Gulenists want is total power and one-man rule; they want a status so that none could dare to object to them or to their leader, because they sincerely believe that Allah has chosen them to disseminate their brand of Turkish Islam to the world, and therefore that everything they do is right and without mistakes.
THE GULENIST PLOT TO OVERTHROW TURKEY
Prior to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan, Turkey was pro-America, pro-Israel, and pro-European. Turkey is one of 28 members of NATO but has the second-largest army.
Now Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have formed close alliances with Russia, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria.
Gulen has set the political agenda in Turkey using his followers in AKP.
Gulen controls a worldwide, $25 billion network of media, financial institutions, associations, and foundations.
Gulen is an Islamist imam who considers himself to be a prophet.
His sermons indicate that he intends for Turkey and the entire world to become Islamist and to follow Sharia law. He wants to establish a caliph and the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire. Several years ago, Turkish television aired footage of Gulen saying:
You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it…The philosophy of our service is that we open a house somewhere and, with the patience of a spider, we lay our web to wait for people to get caught in the web…
In 1971, Gulen was arrested in Turkey for holding secret religious activities in which he ran illegal summer camps to indoctrinate youth.
Gulen has groomed his image to make him look as if he is a “tolerant” Muslim, but he is actually a follower of Sa’id-I Nursi, the founder of the Islamist Nur (light) movement.
Gulen/Nur intend for Islamists to take over the world and establish an Islamic caliphate that follows Sharia law.
In 1998, Gulen escaped to America to avoid being questioned about his involvement to overthrow Turkey’s pro-American/pro-Israel government.
Bill Clinton was President at the time. Bill and Hillary Clinton and the CIA welcomed Gulen and promoted him as being an outstanding scholar who represented a peaceful, “secular” form of Islam.
When President George W. Bush took office in January 2001 and America experienced the radical Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Bush administration (along with Karen Hughes who now promotes the Gulen charter schools) evidently wanted to appear to be “politically correct” and, therefore, fell for Gulen’s lies.
Now the United States has a Muslim-friendly President in the White House who has appointed Dalia Mogahed as his Muslim advisor. Mogahed is a Gulenist.
GULEN’S LIFE IN AMERICA
Gulen lives in eastern Pennsylvania with 100 followers who guard him and tend to his needs. His male followers try to blend into American society by wearing suits and ties, and they do not marry until age 50. Their spouses are expected to dress in the Islamic manner as dictated by Gulen.
Gulen runs his international network from Pennsylvania, and he and his next-in-command (Nurettin Veren) say they control 75% of the schools and universities in Turkey plus hundreds of schools in 110 countries worldwide.
Gulenists have targeted children to indoctrinate them to become the ruling class of the Islamist, Turkish state. Under Erdogan, textbooks have been changed, Islam has been emphasized, and thousands of imams have been placed into positions as teachers and administrators in the schools.
GULENIST-EDUCATED CHILDREN NOW IN HIGH PLACES
In an interview in 2008, Veren said, “Children whom we educated in Turkey are now in the highest positions. There are governors, judges, military officers. There are ministers in the government. They consult Gulen before doing anything.”
Gulenists have also taken over the 200,000 Turkish police force. Veren said, “There are imam security directors; imams wearing police uniforms. Many police commissioners get their orders from imams.”
Those in the police academies who were not Gulenists were dismissed, and the AKP promotes only those officers who are totally dedicated to Gulen.
In 2008 Endogan ordered the arrests of the people who were speaking out against this Gulen takeover.
Wiretapping by Gulenists has penetrated Turkey to the highest levels, and they have managed to restrist technology so that secretly recorded meetings of those opposed to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have been made public.
Turkish journalists have also had their wires tapped because the head of the police wiretapping unit is a Gulenist.
Anti-AKP demonstrators have experienced violent police brutality, and private citizens who have spoken out about Erdogan/AKP have been abducted and brutalized.
TURKISH INSTITUTIONS FALL TO GULENISTS
Traditionally, the Turkish military has been the guarantor of the Constitution; but now according to Veren (Gulen’s top man), the Gulenists have entrenched themselves within the military also. Veren stated:
The Fethullahist military officers were once our students, who we financially supported, educated, and assisted. When these grateful children graduated and reached influential positions, they put themselves and their positions at the service of Fethullah Gulen…when Gulen students graduate from the police or military academies — as do the new doctors and lawyers — they present their first salaries to Fethullah Gulen as a gesture of their gratitude.
Gulenists have also taken over the Turkish court system because Erdogan replaced thousands of judges and prosecutors with his own AKP/Gulen followers. Anybody applying for judgeships has to pass an AKP review.
In years past, the Turkish media used to be relentless about exposing government corruption; but when Erdogan came to power in his first term, he filed “frivolous” lawsuits against 63 journalists in 16 publications. This successfully dissuaded journalists’ from ferreting out corruption.
During Erdogan’s ten year rule, his government has seized control of Sabah-ATV, which was Turkey’s second largest media group. Then Erdogan made his son-in-law the CEO of the group.
Now nine of the leading TV, radio stations, and newspapers are all owned by AKP/Gulen.
It is no wonder that Erdogan won re-election in June 2011 since he and the AKP controlled most of the media, the military, the security forces, and the courts.
GULEN — THREAT TO AMERICA
Homeland Security and the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service tried to deny Gulen permanent residence in the Unites States. In 2008 Gulen brought a lawsuit against Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security. The Department contended that Gulen did not meet the definition of a person with “extraordinary ability in the field of education” but that he was actually a “leader of a large and influential religious and political movement with immense commercial holdings.” The State tried to prove that the acclaim that Gulen touted was actually sponsored or financed by his own movement.
Gulen evidently managed to “pay off” enough institutions and high-profile people to mount pressure to get his status reversed, and the 29 letters of reference that he filed with his motion came from theologians or Turkish political figures closely associated with his Gulenist movement. The judge ruled in Gulen’s favor, and now he can stay in the United States permanently.
SPREAD OF GULEN SCHOOLS IN TEXAS
One of the most disheartening reports has been the connections of former executive director of the Republican Party and trusted advisor to President George W. Bush, Karen Hughes and her close ties to the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation’s Harmony Schools here in Texas. As you can hear in this video Ms. Hughes is very interested in promoting Harmony Science Charter Schools and accessing Texas tax dollars to create competition for public schools by funding the Gulen/Harmony charter schools.
In a bold move, the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools have now branched out from their usual “math and science” venues into a brand new school to open soon in Austin, Texas.
This new Gulen school will be called the Harmony School of Political Science. This means that at taxpayers’ expense, Turkish teachers (many of whom are here on H-1 visas and are Muslims) will be teaching our students “American” history. Can you imagine how these teachers who can hardly speak English and are fresh from Turkey will present such historically significant elements as the Holocaust, the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution?
Yes, all teachers in Texas (including those in the Gulen schools) are to follow the state-approved curriculum requirements; but nothing constrains teachers from teaching those requirements with a particular political spin. Since almost all of the terrorists who have declared jihad against Americans are Muslims, then it should make us very skeptical about having Muslim teachers teach our Texas students to love, respect, and appreciate America.
A protest rally will be held on the public sidewalk in front of Harmony School of Political Science – Austin, Texas — on Aug. 30, 2011, from 9:00 to 10:00 A. M.
People in the Austin area should definitely commit to be at the rally since this Harmony School of Political Science is being opened right there in your own city.
Please bring signs (without any wooden or metal stakes), wear T-shirts, display “sandwich-type” posters (affixed to front and back of body), or create other visual displays that are in line with the City of Austin laws (posted at bottom of this e-mail).
RESOURCES USED IN THIS ARTICLE
7.30.11 — 7:57 AM (EDT) — Reuters News Service — “Analysis: Turkish Government Strengthens Control on Military” by Daren Butler — Istanbul -
7.30.11, 3:54 P. M. EDT — Reuters News Service — “Turkey’s Leaders Deny Crisis as Top Generals Quit” by Simon Cameron-Moore — Istanbul –
7.29.11, 17:29 ET — British Broadcasting Company – “Turkey: Military Chiefs Resign En Masse” –
Winter 2009, pp. 55 – 66 – The Middle East Quarterly – “Fethullah Gülen’s Grand Ambition: Turkey’s Islamist Danger” by Rachel Sharon Krespin, director of the Turkish Media Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Washington D.C.
7.25.11 — “Journalists Held Without Due Process in Turkey“ — Letter from Committee to Protect Journalists -
12.16.10 — British Broadcasting Company — “Turkey Tries Army Officers Over Sledgehammer ‘Plot’” — by Jonathan Head — Istanbul
8.1.11 — “Protest Rally — Gulen Political Science School in Austin, Texas, on Aug. 30, 2011” by Donna Garner
7.22.11 — “Wrong Person Takes the Fall — Another Gulen Situation” by Donna Garner
7.17.11 — “Another Turkish Charter School in Trouble” by Donna Garner
7.14.11 — “How Blind Can People Be?” by Donna Garner
7.10.11 — “Is a Changed Muslim Kosher in a Taxpayer-Funded Texas School” by Peyton Wolcott
6.29.11 – The Texas House General Investigating & Ethics Committee has begun its investigation of the Gulen Turkish charter schools (Cosmos Foundation, Harmony Schools, Rainbow Turkish House, etc.).
7.10.11 — “Are Taxpayers Paying for Free Trips to Turkey?” by Donna Garner
6.19.11 – Austin American-Statesman article by Laylan Copelin and Mike Ward, “Some Texas Lawmakers Have Second Thoughts about Turkey Trips” —
6.29.11 — Texas Legislature Investigating Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Schools: by Donna Garner
6.30.11 — “Personal Accounts: Gulen Harmony Schools” by Donna Garner
7.14.11 — “Harmony Science Academies Tied to Gulen Charter Schools” by Donna Garner
“The Gulen Movement – How It Operates in Turkey and in the U. S.” – Parts 1, 2, 3 — YouTube